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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 September 2005, 23:02 GMT 00:02 UK
Fireworks signal end of festival
Previous fireworks display at Edinburgh Castle
Crowds flocked to watch the fireworks finale
More than 250,000 people flocked to Edinburgh city centre to watch the fireworks finale marking the end of this year's International Festival.

About 100,000 fireworks were set off - to Beethoven's Symphony No 7 - from the battlements of Edinburgh Castle.

The main streets were closed off during the display in Princes Street Gardens.

Tom Halpin, assistant chief constable of Lothian and Borders Police, said a "safe and happy event" had been enjoyed by the crowds.

"The fireworks display was very well attended and passed off without incident," he said.

"We would like to thank everyone who attended for their co-operation and patience as police carried out their duties."

Organiser Wilf Scott and his team spent five days making preparations for the display, using four tonnes of fireworks.

The festival fringe is still totting up its figures, but is expected to surpass the one million tickets sold in the last two years.

Individual venues were reporting their highest ever attendance levels, with the outdoor Spiegel Garden confident it would have received about 250,000 visitors by the end of the festival.

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